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Ranson, Walter R., Jr.
Walter R. Ranson, Jr., , age 84 of Abingdon, died at 2:32 pm Sunday, November 6, 2011 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on February 1, 1927 in Wood River, the son of Walter R. and Nettie (Crossman) Ransom, Sr. He married Rosella Treece on November 21, 1945 in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving is one son, Ronald (and Diane) Ransom of East Moline; one granddaughter, Lindsey Ransom; two brothers, John of Arizona and Frank of Tennessee; one sister, Rosemary Roberts of Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bill.

Walter was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a patternmaker, last working at the Arsenal Island, retiring on February 1, 1992. He was a mason and past member of a Masonic Lodge in Ohio. He had lived in Abingdon the past seven years and prior to that had lived in New Windsor for several years. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Abingdon. His hobbies included fishing, hunting and enjoying anything in the outdoors. He also enjoyed reading his Bible.

Private family service will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Church of Christ. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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